For the [music] director. A psalm of David.

A Prayer for Help against Enemies

1 O God of my praise, do not keep silent,
2 for {wicked and deceitful mouths} have opened against me. They speak to me with a lying tongue.
3 They also surround me with words of hate, and fight me without cause.
4 In return for my love they accuse me, though I [am in] prayer.
5 So they inflicted evil against me in return for good and hatred in return for my love.
6 Appoint over him a wicked [man], and let an accuser stand at his right [hand].
7 When he is judged, let him come out guilty, and let his prayer become as sin.
8 Let his days be few; let another take his office.
9 Let his children be orphans, and his wife a widow,
10 and let his children wander aimlessly and beg, and let them plead from their ruins.
11 Let [the] creditor seize all that [is] his, and let strangers plunder his property.
12 Let there be none [who] extend to him loyal love, nor any who pities his orphans.
13 Let his descendants be cut off. Let their name be blotted out in [the] next generation.
14 Let the iniquity of his ancestors be remembered before Yahweh, and let the sin of his mother not be blotted out.
15 Let them be before Yahweh continually, that he may cut off their memory from [the] earth,
16 because he did not remember to show loyal love, but he pursued anyone, poor or needy or brokenhearted, to slay [them].
17 Because he loved cursing, let it come [upon] him. Because he did not delight in blessing, let it be far from him.
18 Because he wore a curse as his robe, let it enter {his body} like water, and into his bones like oil.
19 May it be for him like a garment [in which] he wraps, and a belt {he continually wears}.
20 Let this [be] the punishment for my accusers from Yahweh, even those who speak evil against my life.
21 But you, O Yahweh my Lord, deal with me for your name's sake. Because your loyal love [is] good, deliver me,
22 for I [am] poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.
23 Like a lengthening shadow I am passing away; I am shaken off like a locust.
24 My knees {buckle} from fasting, and my body grows lean without fat.
25 And [so] I am a disgrace to them; [when] they see me, they shake their heads.
26 Help me, O Yahweh my God; save me according to your loyal love,
27 that they may know that this [is] your hand, [that] you, O Yahweh, you have done it.
28 Let them curse, but you bless. [When] they arise, let them be put to shame, that your servant may be glad.
29 Let my accusers put on disgrace, and let them cover [themselves] with their shame as with a robe.
30 I will give thanks to Yahweh exceedingly with my mouth, and in [the] midst of many I will praise him,
31 for he stands at [the] right [hand] of [the] needy, to save [him] from those judging his life.